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Thom Randall

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Local activist: allow dogs on Warren County Bikeway!

A local resident who volunteers many hours beautifying the Warren County Bikeway asks county leaders to rescind their prohibition of dogs on the popular bicycle and pedestrian path.

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Railroads on Parade to close; famed train displays to be sold

Clarke Dunham's lavish, detailed model train layouts and miniature cityscapes have enchanted people from all over the world — but Dunham's ambitious collection of model train displays at Pottersville's Railroads on Parade museum, considered a national tourist attraction, will be closing permanently Oct. 13 and the train layouts will be sold to pay off an investor in Dunham's enterprise.

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Warren County meetings now broadcast on YouTube & TV8

While it's uncertain whether it may prompt politicians to grandstand or boost civility, its virtually certain that broadcasting county meetings via television and YouTube will increase their attendance.

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Citizens prepare for record crowd expected at World’s Largest Sale

Warrensburg braces for what's expected to be a record-breaking 'World's Largest Garage Sale'.

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WCS volleyball staging a comeback after many frustrating years

The 2014 Warrensburg High School Volleyball team is surprising sports enthusiasts and gained fans as they turn around a program that's been struggling for years

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Last-minute settlement resolves libel claims between two former Wbg. town officials

Both parties in reciprocal libel suits will have to retract statements made almost five years ago, days before an election.

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Lake George Fire Dept.'s poor response concerns local officials

Two problems vex Lake George Fire Co. — slow response to fires and ever-increasing false alarms — and local officials say they'll be taking action.

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Lake George Village leaders toughen restrictions on short-term rentals

Do short term rentals draw rowdy undesirables, or do they attract tourists who enhance the vitality and social life of the village?

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Major rock and country music festival to debut in Lake George

Renowned bands such as NRBQ, Paranoid Social Club, New Riders of the Purple Sage are featured in this weekend's American Music Festival for the Lake — a first-ever event — in Lake George Village. The festival's lineup also features Claire Lynch who has won three 'Female Vocalist of the Year' awards and Robert Randolph & the Family Band, whose leader has won national acclaim for his Hendrix-like rock riffs on his pedal steel guitar.

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Adirondack Balloon Festival: a weekend of family fun starts Thursday Sept. 18

The Adirondack Balloon Festival, beloved by people of all ages both from the region and around the nation, launches its 42nd edition this Thursday and extends through the weekend.

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Turnovers crucial in Wbg.’s gridiron loss

Fumbles prompt the loss of a game for the Warrensburg High School Football team, which has been exhibiting high spirits and dedication to the sport so far in the 2014 season.

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Burgher field hockey team savors early-season wins

The Warrensburg Field Hockey Team demonstrates their athleticism and drive in their early-season victories.

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Warrensburg's huge sale to feature new Fun Zone, train access

Event now recruiting groups to provide children's activities

Warrensburg's famed 'World's Largest Garage Sale' has first-ever features this year.

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Chestertown public meeting on spurring economy scheduled

A public meeting to discuss ideas on local economic development is to be held Monday evening in Chestertown.

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Lake George Jazz Weekend to present acclaimed musicians Sat. Sept. 13 & Sunday Sept. 14

Whether its quirky, innovative music, gypsy jazz or straight-ahead stylings or selections from Fellini soundtracks, it's all being offered Saturday and Sunday at the Lake George Jazz Weekend by some internationally renowned artists.

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Burgher gridiron effort blunted by Hoosic Valley

Warrensburg's debut football game of 2014 is stymied by a sidelined quarterbackand tough opposing defense.

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Extensive project to upgrade Million Dollar Beach launched

Environmentally-friendly porous pavement, boat washing stations, swimming and fishing piers with universal access, and an improved vehicle traffic flow — are all coming soon to Lake George's famed Million Dollar Beach in a $6.3 million construction project.

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Airport runway environmental hearing set for Wednesday Sept. 10

Whether to spend $8.3 million of taxpayer money on extending a runway at Warren County's airport — with about $400,000 of the sum shouldered locally — is again sure to spark controversy, as a public hearing on the development plans' environmental consequences is to be held Sept. 10.

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Local parade of Ford Mustangs scheduled; world record sought

A woman entranced with Mustangs since she was a teenager has organized a parade of the classic 'pony cars' through Lake George on Sunday Sept. 14, and she's hoping the procession will set a world's record.

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Adirondack Nationals car show to grip Lake George this weekend

Extravagant and artistically-conceived hot rods, bizarre but innovative custom vehicles, over-the-top muscle cars and lovingly restored antique sedans will all be featured at this weekend's annual Adirondack Nationals Car Show in Lake George, expected to be the largest in its quarter-century tenure. Although the police will likely be quelling the lawlessness that has plagued the nightly cruise-in, the event will still offer a memorable experience.

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Facing falling enrollment, Bolton and Warrensburg schools merge soccer programs

With an expanded pool of talent, Warrensburg athletes have a new opportunity to play soccer, and Bolton's renowned soccer team achieves new depth — in this first-ever sports team merger for the schools.

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Bolton-Warrensburg girls soccer team wins 2014 opener

A local girls soccer team that features a teen athlete with statewide awards — a key player on a national champion team — wins their opening matchup Sept. 2. The game was the debut of the new joint Varsity team fielded by Bolton Central and Warrensburg high schools.

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WCS Volleyball team's prospects boosted by veteran lineup

Armed with a core group of veteran athletes, Warrensburg High School's volleyball team is geared up for the upcoming season of competitive play.

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Family spirit, work ethic of WCS football team key to 2014 prospects

Although losing some stellar talent to graduation this year, the Warrensburg High School Football Team has the dedication, chemistry and attitude necessary for success this season. Warrensburg has been known for high-energy football with surprise plays, cagey maneuvers and unlikely comebacks — all of which thrill the fans.

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Hadley-Luzerne and Lake George athletes join forces on 'WarEagles' football squad

FOOTBALL MERGER: Students at a local school get to play interscholastic football for the first time in 33 years, while a neighboring school's program — once championship-caliber but now ailing due to declining enrollmnent — gets a substantial boost with a wealth of new athletes.

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Commerce czar predicts bright future for Warrensburg, Warren Co.

Warrensburg and the southern Adirondacks are poised for job growth and prosperity, an experienced regional economic development official says.

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Warrensburg dedicates town field to local coach Mary ann Bump

The Warrensburg Town Board names a recreation field in honor of local coach Mary ann Bump, as well as discussing ongoing streetscape and sewer plant upgrades.

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Featuring food and ambiance of iconic roadhouse, Lake George HoJo’s to reopen soon

The fried clams, fish fry specials and 28 flavors of rich ice cream will be back soon, as the classic Howard Johnson's Restaurant of Lake George — closed down for several years — will be reopening soon with its vintage furnishings, large salad bar and an expanded menu. The Lake George Howard Johnson's was one of three remaining restaurants of the once-ubiquitous chain.

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Lake George Bowl now evolving into family fun center

The bowling alley in Lake George is undergoing substantial expansion, with a laser tag arena, arcade games, and a two-story climbing structure to be added.

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Queensbury soldier receives Purple Heart

An Army sergeant from Queensbury man who has struggled with ailments since being seriously injured by a massive explosive device in Afghanistan was recently awarded the Purple Heart — but he deferred the honor to the soldiers who are still fighting overseas, or didn't return from war.

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SUNY Adk.’s new EMT course predicted to help local emergency squads

Foir years, fewer and fewer volunteers have been stepping forward to serve on the region's emergency squads. A new local EMT training course is expected to help curb the disturbing trend.

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No bids on Glens Falls Civic Center

The venue that's hosted rock superstars and a half-dozen hockey teams failed to prompt one bid Monday Aug. 18 when it was put up for a public auction. The lack of bids is expected to embolden the Coalition to Save Our Civic Center, a group of area community leaders who seek to continue its operation as a sports and entertainment venue under a public-private partnership.

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Blown engine? No sweat for teen race-car driver

A young race car driver amaze the crowd as they achieve an improbable feat.

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Model railroad museum in financial peril, may move from Pottersville

Visitors at the Railroads on Parade model train museum in Pottersville gaze at several of the detailed cityscapes created by Clarke and Barbara Dunham, world renowned set designers. The Dunhams are looking for a new financial backer or a new location, or both. Courtesy photo

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Citizens coalition to bid on Glens Falls Civic Center

Before the Times Union Center in Albany, the Glens Falls Civic Center was regional attraction for large-scale sports and entertainment events. Now with its operational expenses burdening local taxpayers, city leaders have put it up for public auction. A citizens group, however, has stepped forward with a mission to acquire it and keep it a locally managed venue.

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Youth football sign-ups and practices scheduled

It's again time for that sports program that's brought fulfillment and fun — as well as lessons in sportsmanship and responsibility — to hundreds of local children: Warrensburg Youth Football.

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Officials say new Wbg. Health Center to boost area residents’ health - and the local economy

The new Warensburg Health Center will not only radically change the streetscape of this rural Adirondack town, but it will bring a wide variety of specialty health care closer to home for about 25,000 area residents.

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Vote approaching on elementary school roof repair project

Thanks to state aid and money left over from another building project, a $1.24 million project to replace the roof of Warrensburg Elementary School is not expectedf to cost local taxpayers any additional money, nor effect the 2015-16 school tax rate.

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Downsized youth fair set for Saturday

Despite budget cuts and a shortage of volunteers, the Warren County Youth Fair continues for 2014 with a lineup of activities.

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Thurman chief blasts councilmen for inaction on DEC directives, secretive decision-making

An Adirondack Journal exclusive report

Evelyn Wood chastises the town councilmen for clandestine decision making and inaction on a DEC directives, citing that they may be putting town finances at risk.

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Lumberjacks, re-enactors impress crowd at Mountain Days

Local lumbering skills — featuring world-class male and female lumberjacks — as well as re-enactors of local history are featured at a traditional summer festival in rural Stony Creek.

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4-H chief offers to dye his hair pink in fundraising effort

A Warren County 4-H program executive pledges to do something outrageous to inspire area youth to raise money for charity and 4-H.

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Lumberjack events, historic re-enactors featured in Stony Creek Mountain Days this weekend

Mountain Days, which annually celebrates the traditions of the Adirondacks, is being held in Stony Creek this weekend.

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Horicon Day to celebrate anniversary Saturday

An event that embodies Horicon's community spirit — and a veterans memorial are both to have their anniversaries celebrated on Saturday.

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North Warren entertainment events announced

Various genres of music, drama, comedy, are all in store the next several weeks in northern Warrren County, thanks to the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance.

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Public meeting set in Chester to obtain ideas for boosting recreation in town

Town of Chester residents have proposed dozens of ideas for boosting recreational opportunities and facilities in town, now the town's leaders want to hear more proposals from the public as well as discuss concepts already suggested.

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Warren County leaders warned of costly consequences of inaction on adding court space

Despite hearing urgent warnings from Warren County judges in January about how overcrowded court conditions could mean potential attacks on children and victims by violent criminals and litigants, Warren County supervisors have yet to take action on providing more court and office space. The supervisors heard this week that every day's delay in providing additional court space — now mandated by the state — means additional expense to county taxpayers due to increased construction or renovation costs, or paying rent for temporary quarters.

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Major rock 'n roll and country music festival to debut in Lake George

This September, Lake George will be hosting its first ever two-day rock and country music festival with nationally renowned groups.

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This weekend’s Jamboree features midway, fireworks, rides, auction, rock ‘n roll

Old-time family fun is in store Friday and Saturday for those who attend Smoke Eaters' Jamboree in Warrensburg.

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Wranglers reunion returns this weekend

Cowboys, cowgirls and ranch hands manning the dozens of dude ranches decades ago in the southern Adkirondacks gathered in Lake Luzerne last summer and shared some wild tales of the old days — and they are back again this weekend — and all are welcome to join the events of Ranches Rodeos & Wranglers 2014 in Lake Luzerne!

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